Tomato Onion Pachadi

tomato onion pachadi

This is a versatile chutney that goes well with idli, dosa, vada and rice.  Today, I served this with vada.  I named it tomato onion pachadi because my mom and aunts make this chutney without onion.  Only after marriage, I saw my athamma  adding onion to tomato pachadi.  Hence, I named it tomato onion pachadi.

tomato onion pachadi

Total Time: 12 – 15 minutes (excludes cooling time)
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 7 – 10 minutes
Serves: 3 – 4


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 5-8 Curry Leaves
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ½ tsp Jeera
  • ¼ tsp Methi Powder (opt)
  • 1/3 – ½ cup chopped Onion
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves sliced
  • 8 Green Chilies slit into 2 (adjust to taste)
  • ½ Turmeric
  • 1¼ tsp Tamarind Paste (adjust to taste)
  • ½ tbsp or 1 ½ tsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 large Tomato chopped or 1 cup chopped tomato (I use vine ripe tomato)
  • 2 tbsp dry roasted Sesame
  • 1 – 2 tbsp dry roasted Peanuts
  • Cilantro for garnish (I did not use it today, as I was out of it)
Tomato onion pachadi, tomato pachadi


  • Heat oil, add mustard, cumin and allow to splutter.
  • Add onion, curry leaves, garlic and green chilies.
  • When chilies change color, add turmeric tomatoes and salt.  Mix well,  cover and cook until tomatoes are soft. Turn of the heat.
  • Grind sesame and peanuts to fine powder.
  • Add these powders, tamarind and little bit of kotmir to the tomato mixture and let it cool.
  • Grind it to fine paste adding some water, if required.
  • Taste it and adjust the tanginess and salt.
  • Garnish it with cilantro and serve it with rice, dosa, idli or vada.


  • Peanuts can be substituted with sesame powder. I have made it a few times using only sesame powder.
  • I use vine ripe tomatoes and find these tomatoes more tangy than the other variety.  Adjust tamarind paste depending on the tomatoes degree of tanginess.  Also, I use homemade tamarind paste.

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14 thoughts on “Tomato Onion Pachadi

  1. I love Dosa idly and vada .. my fav Breakfast but because I am not a sounth Indian I really don;t know how to make good chutney .. as a result i eat fusion Dosa .. dosa with egg bhurji 🙂 😀 .. I guess i should definitely try this dish next time i make dosa .. and it takes 15 mins .. cool ! 🙂

    1. I am sure dosa tastes awesome even with egg bhurji! You may not believe this but some of my family members like dosa with chicken shorva(gravy).. 🙂

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